Timed to the release of his new film, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, perennially-pallid cult weirdo Tim Burton was finally asked about why his movies tend to only feature white actors -- to which he answered, "Nowadays, people are talking about it more, [but] things either call for things, or they don't."
I asked Tim Burton about the lack of diversity in 'Miss Peregrine's. Here's his excuse. https://t.co/Ez2mA69O2f pic.twitter.com/nOT1umIoUl
— Rachel Simon (@Rachel_Simon) September 29, 2016
And his vague answer -- widely interpreted as Burton there isn't actually a real need to consider diversity in casting -- has unsurprisingly caused quite the Twitter backlash.
Tim Burton is asked about diverse casting; like many creators who don't care about diversity, gets it totally wrong. https://t.co/rtMz2Yf7tb
— RJ Lackie ⚔ (@rjlackie) September 29, 2016
If you say 'Tim Burton' three times, a goth white dude appears and mansplains to you how casting only white people isn't racist.
— Moorer less (@knownforms) September 29, 2016
no tears over Tim Burton my lifes more goth than anything he's come up with, way more velvet and anemia too
— Ayesha A. Siddiqi (@AyeshaASiddiqi) September 30, 2016
yes Tim Burton you are right political correctness destroyed the high quality television program The Brady Bunch https://t.co/eKPXL9CfXw
— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) September 30, 2016
"I remember back when I was a child watching The Brady Bunch and they started to get all politically correct, like, 'OK, let's have an Asian child and a black,'" Burton said. "I used to get more offended by that than just — I grew up watching blaxploitation movies, right? And I said, 'that's great.' I didn't go like, 'OK, there should be more white people in these movies'" -- which is an unsolicited, uninformed opinion about a pretty divisive film genre which many scholars and activists believe perpetuates negative white stereotypes about black Americans. But, as Burton says, "OK."
Samuel L. Jackson for one, the only lead of color in
Miss Peregrine's, told Bustle that he also noticed the lack of diversity in the movie and that he "may have been the first [black character in a Tim Burton movie], but...it happens the way it happens."
"I don't think it's any fault of his or his method of storytelling," Jackson said. "It's just how it's played out. Tim's a really great guy."
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